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Iraq Militants, Pushing South, Aim at Capital
The New York Times ^ | Wednesday, June 11, 2014 | Suadad al-Salhy and Tim Arangojune

Posted on 06/11/2014 6:45:43 PM PDT by kristinn

BAGHDAD — Sunni militants consolidated and extended their control over northern Iraq on Wednesday, seizing Tikrit, the hometown of Saddam Hussein, threatening the strategic oil refining town of Baiji and pushing south toward Baghdad, their ultimate target, Iraqi sources said.

As the dimensions of the assault began to become clear, it was evident that a number of militant groups had joined forces, including Baathist military commanders from the Hussein era, whose goal is to rout the government of Prime Minister Nuri Kamal al-Maliki. One of the Baathists, Izzat Ibrahim al-Douri, was a top military commander and a vice president in the Hussein government and one of the few prominent Baathists to evade capture by the Americans throughout the occupation.

“These groups were unified by the same goal, which is getting rid of this sectarian government, ending this corrupt army and negotiating to form the Sunni Region,” said Abu Karam, a senior Baathist leader and a former high-ranking army officer, who said planning for the offensive had begun two years ago. “The decisive battle will be in northern Baghdad. These groups will not stop in Tikrit and will keep moving toward Baghdad.”

The sudden successes of the militant forces sent hundreds of thousands of people running, some literally, from the fresh outbursts of violence, panicked leaders in Turkey and Syria and revived memories of bloody American struggles to wrest the same places — Mosul and Tikrit — from jihadist fighters a decade ago.

By late Wednesday the Sunni militants, many aligned with the radical Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, were battling loyalist forces at the northern entrance to the city of Samarra, about 70 miles north of Baghdad. The city is known for a sacred Shiite shrine that was bombed in 2006, during the height of the American-led occupation,...

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TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; Front Page News; News/Current Events; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: alqaeda; iraq

1 posted on 06/11/2014 6:45:43 PM PDT by kristinn
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To: kristinn

Kerry, Hillary, Hagel, and Obama are getting the “Vietnamization” result they wanted from the beginning. ....


2 posted on 06/11/2014 6:49:24 PM PDT by Robert A. Cook, PE (I can only donate monthly, but socialists' ABBCNNBCBS continue to lie every day!)
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To: kristinn

Won’t this be great for the terrorists. They’ll have their own little Caliphate to plot from, rig up that stolen Malaysian jet like a cruise missile and fly it into an embassy somewhere. Obama has been a great member of AQ.


3 posted on 06/11/2014 6:51:01 PM PDT by Viennacon
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To: kristinn

An existential moment for Iraq. Does Maliki cut a deal with Iran? Do they bring in the Russians? Is this going to affect 0bama’s handicap?


4 posted on 06/11/2014 6:53:21 PM PDT by Billthedrill
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To: kristinn
Welcome to King Obama’s world as he wanted it. All hail the world first dictator like Hitler.
5 posted on 06/11/2014 6:54:04 PM PDT by Logical me
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To: kristinn

al-Douri, he’s the “Irishman”


6 posted on 06/11/2014 7:02:25 PM PDT by headstamp 2 (What would Scooby do?)
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To: kristinn

Methinks we were better off with Sadam and Kadaffy (or however you spell his name)


7 posted on 06/11/2014 7:03:59 PM PDT by FatherofFive (Islam is evil and must be eradicated)
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To: kristinn

What’s Obama doing? Resting up for a fundraiser?


8 posted on 06/11/2014 7:14:57 PM PDT by blueunicorn6 ("A crack shot and a good dancer")
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To: blueunicorn6

On the links.


9 posted on 06/11/2014 7:17:31 PM PDT by phormer phrog phlyer
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To: phormer phrog phlyer

I really believe Clown prince nobama is celebrating with his coven of commie criminals. Everything this freak does or doesn’t do is intentional.


10 posted on 06/11/2014 7:36:44 PM PDT by hal ogen (First Amendment or Reeducation Camp?)
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To: FatherofFive

That’s why they’re gone and why our PINO wants Assad gone as well.


11 posted on 06/11/2014 7:37:16 PM PDT by Sioux-san
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To: Viennacon

You know it is coming. One of the released detainees will end up being a commander and on TV before long. I can’t wait.


12 posted on 06/11/2014 7:39:35 PM PDT by taterjay
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To: kristinn
Quick. Someone deploy an Obama red line. HURRY. All jest aside I do hope the Iraqi people realize what they are up against and raise arms to destroy this group. As the old saying goes, " or get off the pot."
13 posted on 06/11/2014 7:40:51 PM PDT by Organic Panic
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14 posted on 06/11/2014 7:41:37 PM PDT by dfwgator
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To: kristinn

Let’s see.
1) Bathists use Sunni Islamist allies to slaughter Shi’ites.
2) Bathists then slaughter Islamist allies.
3) Ruthless dictator rules Iraq through terror.
Things are working there way back around to normal


15 posted on 06/11/2014 8:17:00 PM PDT by Chewbarkah
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To: kristinn
CBC had a fairly long report on this latest Obama foreign policy fiasco tonight (although it wasn't necessarily portrayed that way - the CBC is run by a bunch of libs after all). Didn't catch the U.S. news at all tonight - have they reported much of anything on this yet?
16 posted on 06/11/2014 10:14:12 PM PDT by Major Matt Mason ("Journalism is dead. All news is suspect." - Noamie)
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